I’m not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day. Besides the fact it’s one of the annoying ‘candy holidays’ that I fight with my kids over (‘Mom, can we have candy for breakfast, lunch and dinner?’), I’m old enough to remember the days when teachers hadn’t yet gotten the message about how important inclusivity is. My childhood is full of such trauma—like gym teachers actually having us choose sides—or even worse, the dreaded Valentine’s Day class parties.
I’m dating myself big-time, but in my elementary school days, you only brought Valentines for the kids you actually liked or were friends with, not everyone. I remember sitting at my desk, a decorated paper bag taped to the front of it, praying fervently to every deity out there I’d get at least five Valentines. Okay, maybe three. Or…one? Luckily I was one of those kids who ended up with a respectable handful from my circle of friends, but I was envious of the girls who went home with their bags overflowing…
…or winced in sympathy for the less popular kids who didn’t have more than one or two to enjoy.
The whole thing was barbaric.
(BRB, I’m having stress flashbacks right now.)
I’ve been with my husband for almost twenty years, and Valentine’s Day is basically meaningless to us anymore. It was fun while we were dating and as newlyweds, but now it just seems like an obligation and waste of money.
(‘Oh, thanks for the card, babe! How sweet!’ *throws in trash when he’s not looking*)
Of course when I was single, Valentine’s Day could still be epic torture, especially if I was fresh from a breakup. I would have loved to attend an Anti-Valentine’s Day party like I portray in Love and the Exorcism. Burning stuff? Bring it! Strong drinks? Keep ‘em coming!
So here is Suzanne’s Anti-Valentine’s Day Ex-orcism in all its glory, drink recipe and all.
If you’re a Valentine’s Day hater too, enjoy!
I’d love to give away ebook copies of my Dreamspinner short story, Love and the Exorcism, to a few random commenters! Tell me how you feel about Valentine’s Day…love it or hate it?
Until next month,